SCC Student Has Success with SI Bridges Program
The SI Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is a National Institute of Health
(NIH) funded grant partnership between Southern Illinois University-Carbondale,
Shawnee Community College and John A. Logan College. The program is
designed to enable community college students to learn skills and abilities, which
will enable them to conduct scientific research in the biomedical or behavioral
sciences. Additionally, the program provides strong mentorship and guidance as
these students transition from their respective community colleges to a university
One of the students in the SI Bridges program, Darmez Nelson (pictured at right) has gained a lot
of success, mentorship, and memories. Darmez of Ullin, Illinois received his
Associate of Arts and Associates of Science from Shawnee Community College
in 2014. He is in his second year of the SI Bridges program wanting to pursue
his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
SCCís Marketing Coordinator, Emily Elliott asked Darmez some questions about
his success with the SI Bridges program.
1.) How did you learn about the SI Bridges program?
Lori Armstrong asked me what my interests were in life. After
having a long talk with her about the program I decided to apply for
it. She told me it would help get a leg up on the others trying to get
in my field.
2.) What has been your experience/success within this program thus far?
The program helped me get into a research lab at SIUC and
introduced me to a lot of people that can help me throughout my
life. Bridges also helped me get an internship at Choate Mental
Health Clinic in Anna, Illinois. Since Iím in my lab, they are taking
me to San Antonio, Texas to present the data I find this school
3.) Would you recommend this program to other students who may be
interested in the science field?
I would refer anyone that likes science. Even if you do not want to
do research, it is still a good program that will allow you to meet a
lot of people in good places. The people could help you get into
graduate school or a job in the field you choose.